Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, Inc.

Grant name: Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue Capacity Building Challenge

Project size: $112K  Grant size:  $10K matching challenge, with potential renewal (7/19)

Strategic value:  CMVHR is a humanitarian and educational nonprofit dedicated to equine rescue and rehabilitation, restoring horsemanship, the heritage and humane treatment of the horse.  Equally important, its mission is to prevent abuse before it starts, enrich lives and empower people of all ages and abilities.  Through high-quality education and outreach programs that are in growing demand, paid staff and the horses in rehab act as teachers who help heal and open hearts.  The capacity building grant is designed to attract new donors and establish a reliable funding stream, so that CMVHR can hire one additional staff person to keep pace with community needs.

Project status (11-19):  Responding to the challenge, one donor gave half of the match outright.  Another ran a marathon to raise the rest.  Pledges for this beloved organization flooded in, totaling $100,000, of which $75,000 was from first-time donors.   The impact of the additional staff person has already meant that enrollment in the afterschool program has tripled.  When schools were closed unexpectedly one day, CMVHR’s after school program extended its hours to cover normal school hours--an emergency community support made possible by adequate staffing.  Further, the Barn Manager was able to attend a four-day professional development conference in Massachusetts.